Friday, 25 March 2016

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.


My Review:
Quentin is in love with outgoing neighbour Margo who is famous at school for wild adventures. When she finds out her boyfriend is sleeping with her best friend, Margo convinces Quentin to help her on a night of revenge against them. Then she vanishes, leaving clues to follow to find her which Quentin feels he must do.

I liked the revenge night antics which were amusing if not exactly legal and the two of them deserved what was dished out for betraying Margo. Margo is pretty self obsessed and vain, and seems to think about weird things all the time, and is desperate to be the most popular person at school. She runs off for adventures to have everyone talking about how awesome and cool she is. Not really sure if I liked her but as soon as she vanishes, I kind of lost interest as at least she is semi-interesting. We are now left with Quentin, who has little of interest about him, and his dull friends.

Quentin is pretty much anti-social and because he has no interest in things like proms, he looks down his nose at his friends who do have dates. His friend Ben is dateless which is not surprising when he calls every woman including his mother 'honeybunny'. Yeuch! Their other friend Radar is the most boring guy alive and there seems to be a running joke about his parents collecting Black Santa merchandise. If this is funny in some way, I'm obviously not getting it. The thought of following the loser guys on a hunt for Margo sounded like the road trip to hell for me. I didn't read much further.

Not my thing.
 
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